A year ago the Yankees surprised everyone when they decided to become sellers at the trade deadline, parting with Andrew Miller, Aroldis Chapman, Ivan Nova, and Carlos Beltran in exchange for a treasure trove of prospects. This year, the Yankees have done an about face, emphatically announcing themselves as buyers. A seven-player deal with the Chicago White Sox brings David Robertson, Tommy Kahnle, and Todd Frazier to New York, while Tyler Clippard, Tito Polo, Blake Rutherford, and Ian Clarkin head to Chicago.
If NYY finish deal for Robertson/Kahnle/Frazier, it could mean they will work off '14-'15 KC bullpen blueprint and pass on Sonny Gray price.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 19, 2017
Rumors swirled earlier in the day on Tuesday that the trio of White Sox players were headed to the Boston Red Sox. Midway through the Yankees game with the Minnesota Twins, it was reported that they were instead headed to the Bronx. The deal was officially announced following the conclusion of the Yankees 6-3 victory.
TRADE OFFICIAL: Yankees get Todd Frazier, David Robertson https://t.co/sDVfYl2axx— Tom Biersdorfer (@TomBiersdorfer) July 19, 2017
David Robertson returns home after spending two plus seasons with the White Sox. Robertson was drafted by the Yankees in the seventeenth round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft. He signed a four-year deal with the White Sox prior to the 2015 season. Robertson has thrown 33 1/3 innings for Chicago this year, and is 4-2 with a 2.70 ERA and 0.960 WHIP in 31 games.
And welcome (back) to the Yankees family, Tommy Kahnle!— New York Yankees (@Yankees) July 19, 2017
Tommy is a NY native and was drafted by the Yankees in 2010. pic.twitter.com/duAyMoz2fd
Kahle turns 28 next month. He's under control for three more years after 2017. Will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) July 19, 2017
Tommy Kahnle was drafted by the Yankees in the fifth round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, but was lost to the Colorado Rockies in the 2013 Rule 5 draft. He was subsequently traded to the White Sox where he has flourished as a right-handed setup man. Kahnle has pitched 27 1/3 innings this season for the White Sox. He is 1-3 with a 2.50 ERA and 0.972 WHIP in 37 games.
"I rooted for the Yankees. My first (game) was old Yankee Stadium. I remember the upper deck was shaking." - Todd Frazier— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 19, 2017
Frazier is batting .207 with 16 home runs and 44 runs batted in this season. He has a .328 on-base percentage, .432 slugging percentage, and a .761 OPS. Frazier also has experience playing first base, which is where the Yankees are likely to use him.
Blake Rutherford was drafted by the Yankees in the first round of the 2016 MLB June Amateur Draft and was listed as the Yankees number three prospect. Ian Clarkin was selected by the Yankees in the first round in 2013, and was the Yankees number eleven prospect. Tito Polo came over from the Pirates in the Ivan Nova trade last summer. None of the three prospects have played above High-A.
Once finalized, this trade could be a blockbuster for the ages.https://t.co/MBY3322VUb— SB Nation MLB (@SBNationMLB) July 19, 2017
I don't know if I would consider this trade a "blockbuster for the ages," but it was finalized. Frazier's on-base, slugging, and OPS are better than what the Yankees have gotten at first base so far this season. He also represents a defensive upgrade over the likes of Chris Carter. I'm just having trouble getting excited about Frazier.
Headley open to playing 1B: "I wouldn’t have any problem going over there...I’m more than happy to do whatever makes the team better."— Erik Boland (@eboland11) July 19, 2017
Yankees view Judge, Frazier as long term pieces. Have Florial, who they value more, along w Fowler and others. Rutherford is expendable. https://t.co/QRwYIrtj3o— Matt Kardos (@mattkardos) July 19, 2017
True, the Yankees didn't have to give up any prospects that are close to big league ready. That's a positive. I would have been really upset if they gave up Miguel Andujar or Clint Frazier.
If all the Yankees are giving up is Rutherford and Clarkin, they have other prospects to trade for starting pitching— Nick Shlain (@electricsnuff) July 19, 2017
The Yankees already passed on Jose Quintana. His price was high. The Cubs gave up their top two prospects to get him. Hopefully, the asking price for Sonny Gray, Gerrit Cole, or Johnny Cueto will be more reasonable.
Joe Girardi said he informed Tyler Clippard he had been traded to CWS. Added he was surprised and disappointed by the news #yankees— Meredith Marakovits (@M_Marakovits) July 19, 2017
Tyler Clippard said it is "gut-wrenching" to leave, but "it's a good trade for the Yankees, for sure. I understand why."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 19, 2017
I liked Clippard a lot and will miss him. His inconsistency was a problem though. Robertson and Kahnle represent a definite upgrade to the bullpen.
A. Warren on @DRob30: "It may take a day or 2 to get over the awkwardness but once he settles back in it's going to be like he never left."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 19, 2017
We already know what Robertson can do. He excels pitching in the pressure cooker that is Yankee Stadium. His late-inning work is one of the reasons the Yankees won the World Series in 2009.
Guys, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper homered in the same game so it really doesn't matter that the Yankees might get David Robertson.— Jared Diamond (@jareddiamond) July 19, 2017
Yes, it matters. Bryce, who?
Red Sox respond to Yankees blockbuster trade: pic.twitter.com/gl2vlWDznD— Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) July 19, 2017
Cashman shortening up games for 2017 with controllable relievers was the right move. Stopping Frazier from going to BOS also a key here.— ChristianKouroupakis (@TheRealCkESNY) July 19, 2017
We can all be glad that these three players are coming here instead of Boston. There is still time before the deadline though. It will be interesting to see what kind of counter-moves the Red Sox make.
The #Yankees are picking up the entire salaries of Frazier/Robertson/Kahnle.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 19, 2017
John Harper of the New York Daily News reported that the Yankees "are motivated by concern for closer Aroldis Chapman, specifically his lack of a swing-and-miss fastball." Not a great look in the first year of a five-year contract.